Head Coach John Ries
I started coaching with my father-in-law in his backyard pool in 1961. When the swim team grew and became too large, I moved to a facility in Claremont and formed the Claremont Crocodiles. Once again, the team outgrew the facility, and in 1972, we moved to Chaffey High School and became Chaffey Aquatics. In 1990, I took my current position as Head Coach and Aquatics Manager at The Claremont Club. The club currently has approximately 175 swimmers ranging from the beginner to the national level. I enjoy coaching all levels of swimmers and seeing the progress each athlete makes throughout their swimming career. I look forward to the continued growth and success of The Claremont Club Swim for many years to come.
It is always fun and exciting to help assist athletes in their development as swimmers and as young people. Everyday brings new challenges along with lots of smiles. I have coached age group swimming for over 25 years and have been on staff at The Claremont Club for 22 years. I look forward to seeing everyone on the pool deck.
My swimming career started at the age of 5 and has been part of my life for the past 40 years. I grew up in a "swimming family" and my own three children are competitive swimmers. Needless to say, I love the sport. The opportunity to join the staff at TCC has been a blessing in my life and I really enjoy working with the kids. I am a firm believer that the athletes gain much more from the sport than what they learn in the water. They gain social skills, time management skills, discipline, sportsmanship, and most importantly, self-esteem. Above all else, it's fun!!
I started coaching at The Claremont Club in 2010. I have lived in the Claremont area my entire life and graduated from Claremont High School in 2003. I attended UC Riverside and earned a degree in Business Administration. My family has enjoyed the club for many years and my brother swam under coach John. I love the TCC environment and love the energy from the kids. I enjoy helping the swimmers accomplish things they have never done before. I also love the California weather - no indoor pools!!
Swimming has been a part of my life since I was 8 years old, and I truly believe that it has shaped me to be the person I am now. As a former Olympian, I have a lot of passion for the sport. I have been coaching on the collegiate level for over 10 years, and look forward to applying what I've learned to age group swimming. I am excited to be working with TCC swimmers, and to share my knowledge and passion with the younger generation.